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The Canadian Bibliographic Standard is a set of standards developed by BookNet Canada and the Canadian book industry for the minimum collection and dissemination of bibliographic data.

The Canadian Bibliographic Standard contains essential information on bibliographic data elements and clarifications to help you understand what's required when.

Increase Sales & Lower Costs With Better Metadata is a supplemental document to the Canadian Bibliographic Standard that focuses on expanding the use of your bibliographic data files to include marketing and promotional information.

Best Practices and BISG

BNC's sister organization in the United States is the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). Both organizations actively try to coordinate their certification and standards programs with each other. This coordination has led to the wide US acceptance of BNC's Bronze Template spreadsheet as a basis for data exchange.

The BISG, in conjunction with BookNet Canada, created a very useful document, most recently revised in May 2015 called Best Practices for Product Metadata. Within this guide, you'll find detailed guidelines for each data element in the Canadian Bibliographic Standard.

International Best Practices at EDItEUR

EDItEUR is the organizing body behind the ONIX standard and has an excellent best practices document intended to support international exchange. While it is specific to ONIX 3.0, mosts sections can be easily applied to ONIX 2.1.

You can find code lists and best practice guidelines on the EDItEUR website. Just go to Standards, then Release 3.0 Downloads.

Please email with any comments or questions.

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